CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Crime scene tape is stretched around the front of a home where a man was shot on May 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago police have added more than 1,000 officers to the streets over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to put a dent in crime, during what is typically one of the more violent weekends of the year. In 2016, 6 people were killed and another 65 were wounded by gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Disabled man, 20, among those killed during violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago

When Morris, 20, who was legally blind and suffered several other disabilities, wasn’t shooting hoops, he volunteered at the park, even during the winter, according to the Chicago Tribune

Jo-Jo, as family and neighbors called him, was shot in the head playing basketball at Euclid Park, the only victim Monday after more than 20 gunshots rang out.

“He was a lovely young man," Deryl Young told the Tribune. "His disabilities did not deprive him of being a good person.”

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There was a group of people in the park and Morris was playing when someone opened fire around 5:40 p.m., according to the Tribune. Police and family believe Morris was not targeted, but rather caught in the crossfire, according to WGN.

Police searched the area for bullet shells as well as other evidence. So far, there is no one in custody. 

Edna and her husband Deryl Young, Morris’ aunt and uncle, raised him since he was a baby, according to the Tribune

"He was down facing toward the house like he was trying to run home, and got shot right there in the gateway of the park,” Morris’ aunt Edna Young said. "My heart is totally broken. I can't believe Jervon is gone."

Morris is one of at least four people killed and 52 other victims of gun violence over the weekend, according to the Tribune.

Still, it’s not the most violent Memorial Day weekend for the city. 

There were 69 people shot and six killed in 2016, according to the Sun-Times. In 2015, 43 people were shot, 12 of them fatally.

Police arrested 160 people over the weekend in an anti-violence initiative across the city. They seized 21 illegal guns.

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